Currituck County, North Carolina

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Currituck County
Currituck County Courthouse
Currituck County Courthouse
Map of North Carolina highlighting Currituck County
Location within the U.S. state of North Carolina
Map of the United States highlighting North Carolina
North Carolina's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 36°22′N 75°56′W / 36.36°N 75.94°W / 36.36; -75.94
Country United States
State North Carolina
Founded1739
Named forAlgonquin term meaning "The Land of the Wild Goose"[1]
SeatCurrituck
Largest communityMoyock
Area
 • Total527 sq mi (1,360 km2)
 • Land262 sq mi (680 km2)
 • Water265 sq mi (690 km2)  50%%
Population
 (2010)
 • Total23,547
 • Density90/sq mi (30/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district3rd
Websitewww.co.currituck.nc.us

Currituck /ˈkʊrɪtʌk/ [2] County is the northeastern-most county in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2010 census, the population was 23,547.[3] Its county seat is Currituck.[4] The county was formed in 1668 as a precinct of Albemarle County and later gained county status in 1739.[5] The name is "traditionally said to be an Native American word for wild geese; Coratank."

Currituck County is included in the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC Metropolitan Area. It is in the northeastern section of the state and is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, Currituck Sound, Camden County, Dare County and the state of Virginia. Currituck Court House, mentioned as early as 1755, was the name of the county seat. Today the words "Court House" have been dropped and only Currituck is used as the town name.

References[change | change source]

  1. History of Currituck County
  2. Talk Like A Tarheel, from the North Carolina Collection's website at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 2013-02-05.
  3. "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 18, 2013.
  4. "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  5. "North Carolina: Individual County Chronologies". North Carolina Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. The Newberry Library. 2009. Retrieved January 22, 2015.